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So-Simple Knit Hats

The wintry season is much more enjoyable when your head and ears are protected by a colorful knit cap.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: To fit an average adult

Finished Size: 19 inches around

Related Article: Common Knitting Abbreviations

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What You Need

  • Patons, Shetland Chunky, 75% acrylic/25% wool, chunky weight yarn (148 yards per skein): 1 skein of Mango (03714), or Plum Crazy (03728), or Zircon (03734)
  • Size 10 (6 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle


In St st (knit RS rows, purl WS rows, 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10 cm. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!

Special Abbreviations

M1: Lift running thread before next stitch onto left-hand needle and knit in its back loop to make one stitch.

Note: Add a pom-pom to top of cap if desired.

Cast on 67 sts. Work 4 rows Garter St (knit every row) noting first row is WS.
Next Row (WS): (K13, M1) 4 times, k15 -- 71 sts.
Beg with a knit row, work in St st until Cap measures approx 4 3/4 inches from beg, ending with a purl row.

Top Shaping
Row 1 (RS): K1; * k2tog, k8; rep from * to end of row -- 64 sts.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1; * k2tog, k7; rep from * to end of row -- 57 sts.
Row 5: K1; * k2tog, k6; rep from * to end of row -- 50 sts.
Cont in this manner, dec 7 sts evenly across RS rows until there are 8 sts. Break yarn, leaving a long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew center back seam. Weave in ends.


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